Campus Weekly

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Sept. 21, 2015

Emmy Winner

Jenkins Richard Jenkins '69 Wins Emmy
Already an Academy Award nominee, Class of 1969 theatre alumnus Richard Jenkins won an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series for "Olive Kitteridge."

Also represented at the 2015 awards, Kevin Dunn '77 was among the cast accepting the Outstanding Comedy Series award for "Veep."

Presidential Announcement

SealIllinois Wesleyan Names Eric Jensen its 19th President
Eric R. Jensen of Hamline University will succeed Richard F. Wilson, who is retiring at the end of October, as president of Illinois Wesleyan University.

Watch video of the Sept. 14 announcement, a slide show of highlights from the announcement, or check out the fanfare on social media.

Media coverage of the presidential announcement included:
WGLT Radio,
WJBC Radio,
The Pantagraph, and
William and Mary News.

A Pantagraph editorial described Jensen as a good fit as Illinois Wesleyan's next president – joining past presidents who shared "a strong belief in encouraging people to do good by doing what they love" – and past colleagues gave him high marks.

Campus News

MaKayla Meet the Class of 2019
Our newest Titans come to Illinois Wesleyan with a variety of talents and skills, from small towns in Illinois to megacities in China and Pakistan. We introduce a few of them.

Kari School of Nursing to Honor Sand-Jecklin '82 as Distinguished Alumna
Kari Sand-Jecklin '82 will receive the School of Nursing's Distinguished Alumna Award during Homecoming activities on Oct. 10.

Tailgating Homecoming of Champions will Spread Titan Green Over Everything
Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 9-11, with the theme #TGOE - Titan Green Over Everything - Homecoming of Champions.

Families Family Weekend Fun
Illinois Wesleyan welcomed Titan families for a taste of campus life and time with their loved ones.

Lipstick October Art Exhibits to Showcase Faculty, Alumnus
The Faculty Bi-Annual Exhibit will be on display in the Merwin Gallery, while works by Spencer Sauter '70 will be in the Wakeley Gallery Oct. 1-Nov. 5.


Titan football is undefeated, volleyball is on a winning streak and women’s golf finished first in the 16-team Millikin University Fall Classic this weekend.

> Find highlights at


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Through Oct. 1 –
Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Exhibits by Multimedia Artists Zachary Cahill and Emily Stokes

Monday, Sept. 21

9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.Brass Day – Young musicians are invited to spend a day with the students and faculty of Illinois Wesleyan's Brass Department, sponsored by the School of Music.

12 p.m., Pillsbury Room, Memorial Center – Text Talks in the Pillsbury Room – Text Talks are a weekly gathering led by the University Chaplain for any students interested in reflection on and dialogue with interesting, inspiring, difficult, and/or demanding biblical texts.

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: The Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Proposal – The proposal for a new Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship major has been submitted to Curriculum Council for review, and will probably be coming to the faculty for approval soon. A discussion of the proposal will be lead by Associate Professor of Physics Bruno deHarak.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Augustana College – Live video at

Wednesday, Sept. 23

12 p.m., E101, CNS – Academic Skills Series - Study Smart and Read Efficiently – Free Papa John's pizza provided for lunch.

3 p.m., Eckley Quad, near Joslin Atrium – IWU Peace Garden Market – (Weather permitting) A variety of fresh produce will be for sale.

6 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Intersections: A Walking Exploration of Contemporary Religious Practices (Eid Al Adha Dinner)

Thursday, Sept. 24

4 p.m., Basement / Fellowship Area, Evelyn Chapel  – ReligiosiTEA – Come to Evelyn Chapel for late afternoon coffee, cookies, and conversation about spiritual life and your questions about life and faith along with students from various religious and non-religious traditions.

7 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Women's Soccer vs. University of Chicago – Live video at

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "Sin Nombre" – (2009, Mexico) Presented by Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli and the Spanish Club. Due to copyright restrictions, this event is free and open to the IWU community only.

Friday, Sept. 25

7 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Men's Soccer vs. Washington University - St. Louis – Live video at

7:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – An Evening of Big Band Music – (Also Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.) – Featuring the Prairie Fire Theatre vocalists and the IWU Jazz Band.

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian Jose Barrientos – Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Saturday, Sept. 26 &
Sunday, Sept. 27

• Ironwood Golf Course – Women's Golf - IWU Fall Classic

Monday, Sept. 28

12 p.m., Pillsbury Room, Memorial Center – Text Talks in the Pillsbury Room

12:10 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-org: Interested in Planning a 2017 May Term Travel Course?  – Experienced May Term travel course leaders will discuss lessons learned in planning their past trips. A list of important dates and deadlines will be available and there will be ample time for questions and answers.

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Dr. Antonio Sotomayor: "The Sovereign Colony: Puerto Rico in the Olympic Movement" – Dr. Antonio Sotomayor, assistant professor and librarian for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will speak in a "Nation(s) Divided?" theme event.

Hart Career Center Programs For Students

Monday, Sept. 21

• 4 p.m. Ames 129 – Titan CareerLink: Your Connection to Jobs and Internships Titan CareerLink is the Hart Career Center’s online search tool for jobs and internships which allows you to apply for jobs and internships, sign up for interviews and more. Come learn how to set up an account and use this tool for your job search.

• State Farm will be on campus for internship interviews.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

• 4 p.m.
Welcome Center Auditorium – Graduate School Essentials  Applying to grad schools can be a part-time job! Learn how to find good programs, what tests to take and when, solicit good recommendation letters, and write descriptive, articulate, and strong personal statements.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hart Career Center – Walk- In Hours – The Hart Career Center will offer all day walk-in hours for resume reviews. Stop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., including over the noon hour. Have your resume reviewed before the Internship Fair!

• Kimberly Clark and PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP will be conducting interviews today.

Friday, Sept. 25

• 12 p.m.
Hart Career Center – Internships 101- For Your Future Friday Series  An internship is around the corner. Start getting prepared now! Join us for a quick internship overview…learn what they are, where to look for them, how to apply to them, whether you can get credit for them...and more. Pizza served.

• 4 p.m. Ames 129 – Titan CareerLink: Your Connection to Jobs and Internships


Health Insurance Program Meetings

Employee Meeting Reminder

The Human Resources Office is continuing to hold Health Insurance Symposia. These meetings will provide more in-depth information than the New Health Insurance Introductory Meetings. The meetings will primarily focus on how the different health insurance plans pay for your health care needs. There will also be a demonstration on how to use the BAS website.

Tuesday, Sept. 22: 3 - 4 p.m. – Henning
Wednesday, Sept. 23: 3 - 4 p.m. – Henning
Friday, Sept. 25: 10 - 11 a.m. – Henning


See this week's specials from Sodexo and the menu for the Faculty/Staff Lounge.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans In The News

NBC Chicago
Illinois Wesleyan is among the top 10 universities in Illinois with the highest paid graduates, according to a new data search website unveiled by the White House.

In addition, according to PayScale, Illinois Wesleyan is in the top third of liberal arts colleges nationally with the highest paid graduates.

The Root
Charlene Carruthers '07 was named to The Root 100 for 2015, an annual list of the most influential young African Americans.

Kane County Chronicle
Evan Lowery ’08, vice president of StringWorks, recently opened the company’s new facility in Geneva. Lowery's involvement was a deciding factor for the owner of StringWorks, fellow alum Todd French ’93.

WJBC Radio
Velma Arnold, former Illinois Wesleyan University nurse and namesake of Arnold Health Service, is among this year’s inductees to the Bloomington High School Hall of Fame.


Aditya Rajgarhia '07 is the sole founder of Instahyre, an online career marketplace in India.

Lake Geneva Regional News
Family Court Commissioner Daniel Johnson ’00 has entered the race to replace a retiring Walworth County Circuit Court Judge.

Iowa City Press-Citizen
Wesleyan's Hans-Joerg Tiede discussed the prospect of a faculty union, proposed at the University of Iowa after a former IBM executive was hired as its next president.

Bill Damaschke ’85 is co-producing the new Broadway-bound musical, Gotta Dance.

> More Titans in the News


• Adjunct Professor of Chemistry James E. House and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kathleen A. House have published Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd ed., Academic Press, Amsterdam, 2016. The print version will be released Oct. 1 this year.

•  Associate Director of Prospect Research, Management & Analytics Michael Morrison '03 co-authored the book, Hands-On Start to Wolfram Mathematica and Programming with the Wolfram Language.

•  Winning essays in the inaugural First-Year Summer Reading Essay Contest are now online on Digital Commons:
- First place winner, Still a Jerk, by Benjamin Alan Zentner '19, and Honorable Mention essays
- Between Two Worlds by
Emma Marie Haan
'19, and
- The Complexity of Balance by Kathryn Halford '19.

•  Eric Snowden '00, Adobe’s director of mobile design, previewed the next generation of Creative Cloud mobile apps during Apple’s keynote on Sept. 9.

•  Chris Tatara '14, who interned with the Scholars at Risk in 2014 and worked as a consultant at the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, was featured in a SAR Spotlight.

> Find faculty publications and research and creative activity on the University website or Digital Commons @ IWU.


Welcome New Employee

Craig Riddle
began Sept. 16 as electrician for Physical Plant, replacing Kelly Gorman, who retired.

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